Airplane Turbulence - FACTS (All Your Questions ANSWERED)

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Airplane Turbulence - FACTS (All Your Questions ANSWERED)

Post by planeanxiety » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:03 pm

What time of day has least turbulence?
Flying very early in the day, before the atmosphere warms up the ground and causes the mixing of differently heated air, fomenting convective activity, is a good idea for those distressed by turbulence.Reference

Do bigger planes feel less turbulence?
It's the same with airplanes: smaller planes may be able to move faster, but you'll feel all the bumps. “Because the large airplanes weigh more, they are not affected by turbulence as much,” added Cox. There may also be some differences in the landing gear between a larger and smaller plane. Reference

Where is turbulence most common?
Rough air happens everywhere, from ground level to far above cruising altitude. But the most common turbulence experienced by flyers has three common causes: mountains, jet streams, and storms. Just as ocean waves break on a beach, air also forms waves as it encounters mountains.Reference

Where do you feel turbulence the least?
The best seat on the plane to avoid turbulence is either over the wings or towards the front of the aircraft. The wings of the plane keep it balanced and smooth whereas the tail of the plane can bob up and down more. The closer you are to the front of the plane the less turbulence you will usually feel.Reference

Does rain cause turbulence?
The heaviness of rain does not affect the answer to the question “do planes fly in the rain,” per se. Technically speaking, lift can occur irrespective of how heavy rain is. ... In rare circumstances, heavy rain can also cause a plane's engine's to “flameout,” though pilots can usually re-ignite them.Reference

Is air turbulence getting worse?
A study from the University of Reading last year predicted that climate change could lead to a 149-percent increase in severe turbulence. ... Significant, sudden changes in global temperature could lead to rougher and more frequent air pockets above the world's jet stream winds, creating worse and more frequent turbulence.Reference

Do clouds cause turbulence?
In a word, it's called "Turbulence" and in cloud, it is caused by differing air density. Sciencey bit: The sun warms the earth and causes the air to rise. As warm air rises, it cools at the wet adiabatic lapse rate. ... Clouds are more dense than dry air, and the water vapour inside a cloud is not spread out evenly.Reference

How long does turbulence last?
Periods of turbulence last an average of only 10 to 15 minutes, though it may seem like an eternity. Dr. Chris Manno, a pilot, professor, author, and current Boeing 737 captain for a major U.S. airline, is trained to deal with turbulence, but notes that airplanes are just as primed to take whatever weather is ahead. Reference

Can turbulence cause a plane to crash?
No, normal turbulence that aircraft experience will typically not cause an aircraft to “crash" for two reasons. ... For moderate or extreme turbulence, pilots are trained to slow the aircraft down to the appropriate “maneuvering speed” for the aircraft's current weight. Reference

How often does turbulence happen?
Each year worldwide, about a hundred people, half of them flight attendants, are hurt by turbulence seriously enough to require medical attention — head, neck, shoulder and ankle injuries being the most common. That works out to about fifty passengers. Fifty out of the two billion or so who fly each year.Reference

Is turbulence worse in winter or summer?
Yes. Winter months tend to be smoother air. Summer months the worse. ... So, thermal activity in hot summers will cause a lot of turbulence.Reference

How far do planes fall during turbulence?
In severe or extreme turbulence, altitude losses and gains of 1000 feet can happen, but are usually much less. Events like that are extremely rare, and always make the news. Turbulence occurs when there is a strong or oscillating vertical component to the local airflow that the aircraft is operating in.Reference

Is turbulence worse at night?
Still, turbulence isn't all just hot air. Mountain ranges, the jet stream and stormy weather can all bring about turbulence. To make flying a smoother experience, take that early morning or "red-eye" flight at night. ... The seat you choose can also make a difference in how much turbulence you feel.Reference

Can pilots see turbulence?
When your pilot's weather radar indicates possible turbulence ahead, your pilot will turn on the “Fasten Seat Belt” light above your seat. It's in your best interest to pay attention to this light and buckle up when you see it. Your seatbelt is a powerful defense against any potential turbulence-related injuries.Reference